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BaoFeng UV5RA Two-Way Ham Radio w/ Dual Band Transceiver EXPIRED

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Amazon.com has BaoFeng UV5RA Two-Way Ham Radio w/ Dual Band Transceiver (Black) on sale for $22. Shipping is free w/ Prime or orders $25+. Thanks ButcherBoy

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  • BaoFeng UV-82 Two Way Radio
  • 1800mAh Li-Ion 7.4V Battery
  • 18cm Dual Band Antenna
  • Power Adapter
  • Battery Charger
  • Speaker
  • Cable
  • Belt Clip
  • Hand Strap
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Product description
The BaoFeng UV-5RA is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories. Other features include: selectable wide/narrow, battery save function, VOX, DCS/CTCSS encode, key lock and built in flashlight. Selectable frequency steps include: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5 and 25 kHz. RF power may be selected at 4 or 1 watts. This radio comes with an SMA-Female antenna, flexible antenna, BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1500 mAh), belt clip, wrist strap, AC adapter (8.4V 600ma) and drop-in charging tray. This radio requires the PC03 FTDI programming cable.
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If it is discounted, it's not much. These Baofeng's have been <$30 for a year or two.

And if it were me, I'd go with the original UV-5R for $3 more because many of the accessories (such as battery packs) will work with UV-5R but not the UV-5RA linked here. Differences in the UV-5RA are all cosmetic and less compatibility, internals are the same.
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These days it's not much of a scanner. Most metro police or fire has moved up to 800 where this radio cannot hear. Nor can it hear digital signals.

If I needed short range communications I would get the larger battery for the UV5R, a whip antenna off Amazon and have a Ham friend program the FRS channels into two of them. Have him/her set the power output to 3 Watts to extend battery life. Doing that yourself requires more radio knowledge than you need to have long term. The antenna is the important part for greater range. The Nagoya NA-24J works well.

If you must try to program them yourself there is a freeware program to do it. It's called CHIRP and is much better than the factory programming software. You will need a cable to do it and that's a whole nother issue in itself. Short version: If you buy a cheap knockoff cable it won't work due to Microsoft killing the knockoff interface cable driver with an update to avoid a copyright law suit.


For all info on cheap Chinese radios lookie here: http://www.miklor.com/
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Amazon doesn't show this as being anything other than normal price?
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It's a few bucks cheaper than normal, but not much.
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If it is discounted, it's not much. These Baofeng's have been <$30 for a year or two.

And if it were me, I'd go with the original UV-5R for $3 more because many of the accessories (such as battery packs) will work with UV-5R but not the UV-5RA linked here. Differences in the UV-5RA are all cosmetic and less compatibility, internals are the same.
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You can probably get 1000 answers, but I'm on a lookout for a standard UV-5R for my wife and I, when we're skiing. Get no signal in about 80% of peaks i go skiing on, and this lets me stay in comms with her when i cut through trees. Add on a shoulder mic, throw the main headset in the top zipper of a bag and bam, problem solved.

Just keep in mind there's a lot of amateur radio technicalities and you can get in trouble using these on frequencies you should not broadcast on
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People use it as a scanner (police, fire, ems, etc). It works exceptional well.

There is an optional USB connector you can buy for it that makes programming it to scan channels very easily.
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What's the difference between UV-5R and UV-5R V2+ ?
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These days it's not much of a scanner. Most metro police or fire has moved up to 800 where this radio cannot hear. Nor can it hear digital signals.

If I needed short range communications I would get the larger battery for the UV5R, a whip antenna off Amazon and have a Ham friend program the FRS channels into two of them. Have him/her set the power output to 3 Watts to extend battery life. Doing that yourself requires more radio knowledge than you need to have long term. The antenna is the important part for greater range. The Nagoya NA-24J works well.

If you must try to program them yourself there is a freeware program to do it. It's called CHIRP and is much better than the factory programming software. You will need a cable to do it and that's a whole nother issue in itself. Short version: If you buy a cheap knockoff cable it won't work due to Microsoft killing the knockoff interface cable driver with an update to avoid a copyright law suit.


For all info on cheap Chinese radios lookie here: http://www.miklor.com/
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